Posted by: marcmwm | December 10, 2008

Things I might watch on the BTN

Network Spotlights Cy-Hawk Series on Friday: The Big Ten Network celebrates the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series this Friday, televising a live basketball game and previous matchups in football and wrestling. Tip-off is set for 8 PM ET from Carver-Hawkeye Arena, with Steve Schlanger calling the action alongside analyst Shon Morris. Leading up to the basketball game, the network will re-air the 2008 Iowa-Iowa State football match-up at 4 PM ET.  Last week’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 wrestling match will re-air at 6 PM ET.


In addition, a number of charity events, organized by the Big Ten Network, Mediacom Communications and the University of Iowa, will surround the basketball game.  All proceeds will benefit Iowa small businesses affected by this summer’s floods.


Tickets for all events are available now at and are expected to sell out. 


Big Ten Network Airs Bowl Preview Special on Tuesday: Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will delve into all seven Big Ten bowl games as no other network can during the Big Ten Tonight: Bowl Preview Special. The program will air at 7 PM ET on Tuesday, Dec. 16. 


How will Penn State’s “Spread HD” fare against USC? Can Ohio State slow Colt McCoy and Texas? Will Shonn Greene keep his 100-yard-game streak alive against South Carolina? Which superstar running back, Michigan State’s Javon Ringer or Georgia’s Knowshon Moreno, will have the better day? Could the long layoff help Minnesota regroup against Kansas?  Can Northwestern slow down Missouri and win its 10th game? Will Wisconsin salvage a disappointing season with a bowl win against Florida State?


Revsine, DiNardo and Griffith will have the answers to these questions and others during the Big Ten Tonight: Bowl Preview Special.


DiNardo: Penn State Defense Matches Up Well vs. USC Offense: Big Ten Tonight football analyst Gerry DiNardo says there is an established blueprint for stopping USC’s offense and that Penn State’s defense, led by first-team All-Big Ten players Navorro Bowman, Aaron Maybin, Jared Odrick, and Anthony Scirrotto are well-suited to do just that. “The thing that Penn State has going for it is that they have the eighth-best rushing defense in the country.  Three teams have played USC with success. What Oregon State, Arizona and Cal did was hold USC to less than 200 yards rushing. This is a good USC defense, but it is not a great or tremendously dynamic USC offense. I believe Penn State’s defense matches up very well with them. I think part of the plan will be to keep them under 150 yards rushing. On the other side of the ball, only Oregon State has found a hole in the USC defense and that’s the bigger problem.”


Griffith: Northwestern Pass Rushers Will Be Key vs. Missouri: When Northwestern takes the field against Missouri in the Valero Alamo Bowl, its defense will face a tough test. The Missouri offense, guided by one-time Heisman Trophy frontrunner Chase Daniel, averages more than 43 points per game. However, Big Ten Tonight football analyst Howard Griffith warns against discounting Northwestern’s pass rush, which ranks 13th nationally in sacks. “Initially when you look at this, you think the team who has the ball last is going to win because you expect a lot of points to be scored. But I look at NU’s defensive line and see an opportunity for them to make plays. Missouri likes to spread out (on the offensive line) and Corey Wootton might be able to take advantage of the match-ups against the tackles. Mizzou will have to find a way to double-team him and if that happens, look for John Gill to make some plays up the middle.”



  1. Sorry, spouse of Wisconsin Wife. Bucky has no chance against Chief Osceola and Renegade.

  2. I like the Big Ten tonight show that airs quite often on a nightly basis. And their Big Ten basketball schedule is pretty full for the next few months. Overall I like the channel quite a bit.

  3. I agree, Brutus. I find myself watching it more and more. I usually turn when it’s a sport I’m not as interested in, but I’ve really enjoyed the football programming.

    It’s kept my interest and I think it’s gained a footing that the NFL Network hasn’t.

  4. Pud’n,

    But I’d take Wisconsin Wife over Chief Osceola and Renegade.

    She’s in fighting shape.

  5. Did you watch the final Illinois-The Journey? I have it DVR’d but haven’t found any reason to plant myself and watch Zook for an hour yet.

    Short of the flu it may not be seen for awhile.

    “One play at a time, one play at a time, one play at a time”


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